MLB Betting Guide: Friday 9/11/20
numberFire has built comprehensive algorithms to pinpoint the bets with the highest probability of returning money, whether you are betting on the total, a line, or moneyline. For those new to numberFire, we use a five-star system to show which bets you should be targeting on any given night. Stars represent how much you should risk on a wager relative to what you would normally bet.
For example, if you would normally bet $110 to win $100 on a -110 spread wager, if we give a 3-star ranking, we suggest risking three times that amount: $330 to win $300.
Using our models as a guide, let's take a look at the best bets to make at FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Over 8.0 (-105): 4-Star Rating out of 5
With Lucas Giolito taking the mound for Chicago, we probably can't expect much help from the Detroit side, but Chicago's bats are in a good spot to put up some crooked numbers.
Casey Mize is a top prospect for the Tigers, but things haven't exactly gone well for him over his first four big league starts. He enters the evening with a ghastly 6.75 ERA, and while his 4.60 SIERA is a couple runs better, that's hardly an uplifting mark, either. There aren't many positives to be found on his Statcast page, as well, with a sixth percentile barrel rate being particularly worrisome.
Also working in Chicago's favor is a lackluster Detroit bullpen. Among active rosters, Detroit's relievers rank 25th in FIP (5.02) and 22nd in xFIP (4.88).
The White Sox may need a couple runs from the Tigers to hit the over, but this is one of the lowest over/unders of tonight's slate. numberFire's algorithm projects the likelihood of under 8.0 runs at a mere 30.93% clip, making the over a strong value.
One thing to note is that the wind is blowing in, which likely explains the lower-than-expected game total. This is something numberFire's model doesn't factor in, so keep an eye on how things are looking closer to first pitch before committing.
Angels +1.5 (-154): 3-Star Rating out of 5
Colorado has German Marquez on the mound tonight, and while he's the most talented pitcher in their rotation, he's also in the midst of a pedestrian campaign.
Over nine starts, Marquez owns a 4.36 SIERA, 22.2% strikeout rate, and 7.7% walk rate, which are pretty much league-average marks across the board. His last two starts at Coors haven't gone well against the Padres and Astros, allowing a combined 15 runs over 11 innings.
Beyond Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, the Angels may not have the overall depth of those teams, but their active roster is still rocking a 118 wRC+ versus right-handed pitching, which is actually far better than Houston this season (98).
Angels starter Griffin Canning is having a mediocre campaign (4.94 SIERA), but he did have an excellent outing against Seattle a couple starts ago (one earned run over eight innings) and showed promise in 2019, so he isn't necessarily a lost cause against the Rockies.
numberFire's model projects a 69.49% chance of success for the Angels runline, giving it a three-star rating.